« on: January 11, 2011, 10:30:19 AM »
Personally, I do not get bright beautiful beer unless I secondary, cold crash, and lager; or use a post-fermentation fining agent.
Have you tried cold-crashing in the primary? That's my SOP and with the exception of a few notoriously dusty strains I get clear beer from the keg immediately.
It's also the process most brewpubs use, although there you have the additional variable of filtration.
I am still fairly new to brewing and was wondering what is cold-crashing? Currently, I am letting my beers ferment in the primary for ~7 days and then transferring to a secondary, where after about 2-3 weeks I keg it and put it in the fridge.
Assuming you use a secondary, is 2-3 weeks in the secondary a good length of time in general for the beer to sit at cellar temperatures before kegging and refrigerating?
To get even clearer beer, should I put my secondary in the fridge for ~1 week just before kegging? Is this what is meant by cold-crashing?
Thanks again for the help.